Chinese Embassy threats won't stop Nana Addo from fighting galamsey - Minister of Information

Chinese Embassy threats won't stop Nana Addo from fighting galamsey - Minister of Information

Mustapha Hamid, the Information Minister has dismissed claims the Chinese mission in Ghana may influence the government's fight against galamsey.

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Mr. Mustapha said the government has shown strong resolve to fight this menace and will in no way be perturbed by anybody.

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Chinese Embassy threats won't stop Nana Addo from fighting galamsey - Minister of Information

Chinese Embassy threats won't stop Nana Addo from fighting galamsey - Minister of Information

"President Nana Akufo-Addo has said he wants to be seen as the president who stamped it out and we are going to go ahead with the programme that we have in place to ensure that that happens," he said.

His comments comes after a letter purportedly written by authorities of the Chinese Embassy in Ghana impressing upon government to guide the media in their criticism of Chinese nationals in the galamsey business.

The letter addressed to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources by officials of the Chinese mission, also conveyed the concerns of the Chinese with the new campaign against galamsey which it said could derail bilateral relationship between the two countries.

Chinese Embassy threats won't stop Nana Addo from fighting galamsey - Minister of Information

Chinese Embassy threats won't stop Nana Addo from fighting galamsey - Minister of Information

The officials also pointed to a cartoon in the media which they say defamed their president and the Ambassador.

But Mr Hamid said he does not begrudge them for saying something to appease their citizens but stressed they must recognise that the laws of Ghana have to be enforced to sanitise and guarantee the country's future.

The Information Minister was emphatic that the letter and the issues raised in it have no consequence whatsoever on the government's programme to fight the canker.

"We are going to do it irrespective of whoever says what," he said.

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In recent times there has been an intense call for the government to do something about this menace lead by The Media Coalition against galamsey.

Chinese Embassy threats won't stop Nana Addo from fighting galamsey - Minister of Information

Chinese Embassy threats won't stop Nana Addo from fighting galamsey - Minister of Information

The government also made fighting galamsey a campaign issue and has made some commitment thus far.

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